SAVE THE DATE: Special Educational Programs!


Coming This Fall 2017

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter
is Pleased to Host 
Two Special 
Educational Programs

Both speakers have received high acclaim 
presenting at previous ALA Annual Conferences

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September 28, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM



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Integrity - Leadership’s
Indispensable Ingredient

PRESENTED BY David Thomas, IntegriTalk

Ethical lapses across the cultural landscape and the uncertainties of a post-9/11 world confirm that integrity is a timeless yet increasingly timely virtue.  In a challenging but encouraging way, this topic is creatively analyzed by exploring such questions as:

  • What are the crucial components of integrity and how can it be memorably defined?
  • Why is it of vital importance to today’s workplace?  
  • How can it be maintained when those around us operate differently?  

A presentation on integrity might be anticipated to be dry, boring, or preachy, but this one is none of these!  A senior executive once wrote after the session, “Many of our members thought it an unusual topic before you spoke. They all believed it to be a vital one when you finished.” 

After attending this presentation, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Understand that integrity is more than simply “being honest” and why all four of its components are necessary for a meaningful sphere of influence;
  2. Conclude that while an effective leader must have many admirable traits and skills, integrity is ultimately the indispensable ingredient; and
  3. Focus ultimately on the two impactful byproducts of integrity that will keep one vigilant and grounded—even when the going gets tough!




October 19, 2017

Noon - 2:00 PM



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Gray Area ThinkingTM


MCLE Elimination of Bias Credit
We encourage you to invite
the attorneys in your firm!

This program is presented by the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, and sponsored by ALA SVC Board Member Law Firms

All humans habitually categorize and group others who are “different” from “us,” which often leads to black and white thinking, as in “good” versus “bad” or “native” versus “immigrant” and a host of other isolating labels.

In this seminar, Ellie Krug offers a toolset—Gray Area Thinking™—for interacting with diverse humans in a mindful and compassionate way.

Attendees will appreciate and value how it’s necessary to consciously work to “Think Gray!”™

Gray Area Thinking™ is a simple three-part toolset for interacting with diverse humans:

  • awareness of another human’s vulnerability or suffering;
  • risk-taking to alleviate or lessen that vulnerability or suffering; and
  • compassion and kindness for both self and others. 

Most diversity and inclusion presentations address unconscious bias by educating audience members about neurobiology and the human tendency to deny being biased. However, attendees often are not provided with actual tools they can use in their day-to-day interactions. By employing memorable training strategies, Ellie Krug provides an easily understood toolset that can be put into practice by audience members as soon as they walk out of the room, and remembered for a long time thereafter.

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